A Butterfly for Oakland was created using a combination of commercial fireworks and road flares. The displays were then lit by hand, resulting in a “painting” of colored smoke.
OMCA commissioned Chicago to make A Butterfly for Oakland for the exhibition Public Sculpture, Urban Environment. Several of the large sculptures on and around the Museum campus were part of this exhibition, including the redwood burl sculpture The Planet by J.B. Blunk located outside of the entrance to the Gallery of California Natural Sciences and Bruce Beasley’s cast Lucite Tragamon in the Museum’s Koi Pond.
A Butterfly for Oakland
through November 30, 2014
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, Oakland 94607
888-OAKMUSE (625-6873) – Toll-free
Wednesday – Thursday, 11 am – 5 pm
Friday, 11 am – 9 pm
Saturday–Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Admission rates –
$15 general $10 seniors (ages 65+) and students, with current ID
$6 youth, ages 9 – 17
Free for children 8 and under and for OMCA Members.
Note: Admission is free the first Sunday of every month.
Enter the Museum parking garage entrance on Oak Street between 10th and 12th streets. Parking is $1/hour with Museum validation. Parking without validation is $2.50/hour. Take your ticket to the Ticketing booth on Level 2 for validation.